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“A Special Restaurant in Prague” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cafe Imperial

Cafe Imperial
Ranked #82 of 5,316 Restaurants in Prague
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $38
Cuisines: International, European, Czech, Soups, Eastern European, Central European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Neighborhood: Nove Mesto (New Town)
Tolland, Connecticut
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90 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“A Special Restaurant in Prague”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

We selected this restaurant because of a recommendation by our private tour guide as a special place to eat on the occasion of our 37th wedding anniversary. Normally, I would not expect particularly special food at a hotel's restaurant, but we took her advice anyway, and I'm glad we did. Because it was a special event, they greeted us with complimentary champaign. Because it didn't take us long to learn how large the food portions are in Prague compared with most of the places at which we dine in the U.S.A., we did what we've been doing every night of this trip and split one portion, in this case, Duck Confit. Following complimentary bread (which was much better than the usual bland restaurant bread, and which we didn't expect since bread is typically ordered separately in Prague), we were treated to a large, outstanding duck confit, served with plenty of red cabbage and 3 large potatoe dumplings with a brown gravy. Everything was excellent. The wait staff was very friendly and quite attentive at all times. I recommend Cafe Imperial highly!

  • Visited July 2013
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Warwickshire
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124 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

The décor alone of this restaurant makes it worth a visit if only for coffee and cake. The main meals are also good and a refreshing change from all the pizzerias and pub style food found in the immediate area. The entertainment at the end of the meal is everybody questioning their bill. It is one of those places where everything that is put on your table is charged for separately and of course, written in Czech!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Anaheim, California
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94 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great food and ambiance”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

The setting is absolutely gorgeous and the food did not disappoint. The veal tartare, duck liver salad, various salads, and french onion soup were all excellent and very high quality. It was easy to make reservations online. The art-neuveau tile work was so beautiful.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Larbert, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“I can see why it won awards”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

I liked everything about this restaurant. The food was excellent and good value. The décor is classy and the service was first class. They even pointed out that 10% service charge had been added to the bill so we didn't tip twice. The choc pud with pistaccio ice-cream and cherry compote was a 20 minute wait as it was freshly cooked. Best I've ever tasted and well worth the wait. Veal cheeks doesn't sound particularly appetising but it's like beef that just melts in your mouth. Go try!

Visited July 2013
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Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“service x food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

This summer we enjoyed our meal at the classy Café Imperial. As we didn't have a reservation, we were kindly asked to wait at hotel bar - we would get a table in 30 minutes. In fact, we had a table in no time, our drinks were moved with us.
The time for dinner then was limited, but long enough. Still more than half an hour to go we asked for the menu to order desert. When we mad our choice, the waiter told us that our desert would take another 15 minutes. On the question if it is possible to have a desert in the limited time anyway, he said it was completely our problem if we would finish in time. This discussion about the desert with the waiter was weird (afterwards we thought we should have dropped the whole desert). Then, almost 25 minutes later our deserts came and we ate it in really short time. It was not such a pity anyway, because our crème brûlée was not perfect (the caramel was not crispy). Nevertheless, the mood of the slightly irritated waiter unfortunately did not improve. There was still nobody waiting for our table, but as we stood up the waiter already pulled the tablecloth away. In spite of the good food by Cafe Imperial we left the place not very satisfied.
We realize we didn’t have a reservation. But: by giving us a table and allowing us to have diner, politeness and common courtesy of a waiter is what one can expect.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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